No Government Funding for Technical and Vocational Courses in Universities

By | May 9, 2023

No Government Funding for Technical and Vocational Courses in Universities — KUCCPS

The CEO of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), Agnes Wahome, has announced that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses offered in universities will not receive government funding.

The announcement was made during an interview on Citizen TV, where Wahome clarified that the decision applies to diploma and certificate programs that are available in universities with TVET schools.

She stated that these courses will not be eligible for government scholarships, and students will not receive any financial assistance from the government.

However, Wahome explained that there are approximately 200 TVET institutions under the Ministry of Education that offer similar programs, and students can access both loans and government scholarships to finance their education.

She added that this policy is not new and has been implemented in previous years.

Last week, President William Ruto introduced a need-based funding model for university students, which will take effect in the next financial year. The model will benefit 173,127 new university students and 145,325 TVET students.

Ruto outlined three categories of students: less vulnerable, vulnerable, and able, with students whose families are at the bottom of the pyramid receiving equal opportunities to access university and TVET education.

These students’ households will not be required to make any contribution towards their children’s education.

The President also announced a significant increase in university education funding to Sh84.6 billion in the 2023/24 financial year, a 56% increase from the current budget.

The funding comprises an Sh53 billion allocation to be factored into the budget and Sh31.6 billion for Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) loans.